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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Anacostia is the home to the historic home of Fredrick Douglass. After the tour (that you must do) save time to walk the grounds as it has the best view of DC.

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House at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.   House at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. By Timothy Forbes Photography (

Street Address
1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC
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Grounds and Visitor Center Hours

April through October:
Daily, 9 am - 5 pm

November through March
Daily, 9 am - 4:30 pm

See "Guided Tours: Schedule and Reservations" below for details on touring this Historic House

Closed January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25.
What You Should Know
Frederick Douglass spent his life fighting for justice and equality. Born into slavery in 1818, he escaped as a young man and became a leading voice in the abolitionist movement. People everywhere still find inspiration today in his tireless struggle, brilliant words, and inclusive vision of humanity. Douglass's legacy is preserved here at Cedar Hill, where he lived his last 17 years. The only way to get inside Frederick Douglass's historic house is to be on a guided tour. Rangers guide interpretive tours of the house every day at the scheduled times listed below. Tours cover the first and second floors of the house, and they last about 30 minutes. Tickets must be picked up at the visitor center before the tour time. Space is limited to ten people on the standard tour. Reservations are not required, but they are strongly encouraged. To make a reservation, visit their website or call 1-877-444-6777. There is a $1.50 fee for each reserved ticket. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance. Reservations are required for group tours. Call 1-877-559-6777 at least one week in advance to make reservations. There is a $1.50 charge for each reserved ticket. School groups pay a flat fee of $5.00. If available, unreserved tickets are free to the public and may be claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. Every February, the site celebrates Frederick Douglass's birthday with programs and activities. Find out what's happening this year.